Hello friends,

I would like to invite you to a meeting, in London organised by the Coal Action Network and London Mining Network, looking at the UK’s coal supply chain.

From 22nd July to the 11th June an activist from the Russian group, Ecodefense, will be visiting the UK for a national tour. Vladimir is coming to discuss the implications for the Russian people, of the UK’s addiction to coal, as he tours with the Coal Action Network. 31% of the coal burnt in UK power stations comes from Russia.

We are holding a meeting between Vladimir and campaigners/ NGOs, at the Global Justice Now offices, on Monday the 23rd May, at 10.30am for up to three hours, to which you and your organisation are invited. The offices are at 66 Offley Road, London, SW9 0LS, the nearest tube station is Oval.

Vladimir will explain the current situation in Russia and take questions. The Coal Action Network will explore our findings from our new report Ditch Coal and explain our current work against the UK coal industry.

Ecodefense are a Russian organisation working to highlight the human and ecological abuses caused by coal mining, they also work on other issues such as nuclear power. Vladimir will discuss the reality experienced by the Shor and Teleut indigenous people’s who live in the main coal mining area for export, the Kemerovo Oblast.

There will be a performance of Buried Sunshine. A solo performance based on testimonies of communities who are fighting to keep their land against the rapidly growing opencast coal mines in Colombia. A dramatic tale of coal, courage and corporate criminals.
“it blew me away,” “incredible – from this particular story you told the story of millions of people from all around the world.”

it would be great if you could confirm by email that you plan to attend so that we have an idea of numbers. Please feel free to suggest other people who should be invited to this meeting.

Further details of the tour including dates are available on coalaction.org.uk/tour it would be really helpful to us if you could publicise these events. I will send round a complete listings when we have them.

I look forward to hearing from you,

Coal Action Network




Antofagasta Minerals is a mining giant that runs the Pelambres open-cast copper mine in Chile.

For almost a decade, the community of Caimanes in northern Chile have argued that the company has deprived them of a vital resource and fundamental human right: water.

Chile’s Supreme Court ruled in favour of the people of Caimanes, demanding the Pelambres copper mine demolish the Mauro tailings dam, which the community blames for diverting the natural course of the Pupío estuary. However, Antofagasta Minerals, through different legal strategies refuses to comply with the Supreme Court order.

In order to meet the energy needs of the Pelambres mine a hydroelectric project, Alto Maipo, also owned by Antofagasta Minerals (40%) was planned in 2007 and is currently under construction. The community of Cajón del Maipo claims the project endangers the irrigation waters for agriculture and accelerates the melting of glaciers and recharging of aquifers which will leave behind almost 400 square miles of barren land. The project threatens the safe supply of drinking water to 7 million people in Santiago and will do irreversible and long lasting damage to communities and the environment.

The community resistance is recognised as one of the most significant stands against mining companies in Chile. Join two of their leaders to hear about the latest efforts in defence of their rivers, their crops and their livelihoods.

As part of this speaker tour the following events have been planned:

1. Community Resistance to Mining and Hydropower Projects: Voices from Chile London (17 May)

Time: 18:30 – 20:00

Venue: Cass Business School – Room 2004, 106 Bunhill Row, London EC1Y 8TZ

2. Fighting the Mining Giant: The Case of Caimanes and the Antofagasta Minerals in northern Chile London (18 May)

Time: 17:30 – 19:30

Venue: Institute of Latin American Studies – Gordon Room, G34, Ground Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

If you would like to attend this event, or for more information, please contact amy.penfield@sas.ac.uk.

3. University Of Cambridge Public Speaking Event Cambridge (19 May)

Time: 17:00 – 19:00

Venue: Allison Richard Building, Room SG2, 7 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DT

4. Public Event: Community Resistance in defence of water & Life London (20 May)

Time: 18:00 – 21:00

Venue: (TBC)

This event has been organised in collaboration with Alborada

5. Public Event Sheffield (21 May)

Time: 15:00 – 17:00

Venue: (TBC)

Patricio Bustamante is an archeo-astronomist and one of the most important researchers on the Inca occupation in Collasuyu (Chena pucara – or eventually huaca – in Chile). About a decade ago, he denounced the loss of important archaeological pieces that occurred with the construction of the Antofagasta Minerals’ Los Pelambres mining project. Since then he has been working with Caimanes community to denounce human rights violations such as threats to life, security, lack of water and corruption. Patricio has given talks at several Universities around the world denouncing the atrocities committed by mining projects in Chile.

Mella Marcela Ortiz is a teacher, mother of 2 daughters, and Chairwoman of the Citizen Coordination of “NO Alto Maipo.” She has been part of the organisation since its founding in 2007 and is a member of the Cajon del Maipo community, which she has represented in resistance to the Alto Maipo project. She has organised and participated in marches and other activities related to social mobilisation against Alto Maipo and Minera Los Pelambres in Santiago and in the northern regions.